Central New York


Fri April 12, 2013

Sound Garden


Fri March 1, 2013
Politics and Government

Maffei says central New Yorkers won't feel impact of sequester right away

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-DeWitt) speaking earlier this year.
Credit Durrie Lawrence / WRVO

Most central New Yorkers won't notice the impact of federal budget cuts caused by sequestration right away, according to Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei. But Maffei, who was in Syracuse today to tout the bipartisan passage of the Violence Against Women Act, says everyone will feel it eventually.

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Fri March 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Emergency organizations want central NY to be more prepared for disaster

Rosie Travella, CEO of the Central New York American Red Cross, talks about emergency preparedness
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Onondaga County emergency professionals want to prepare central New York for a potential disaster.  First they want to know whether everyday citizens are ready for anything from the storm of the century to an act of terrorism.

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Tue February 5, 2013
-Nature of Things

CNY's Colorful Past

Central New York has undergone many physical changes in its history. John Weeks discusses the transformation of the local landscape and remembers the species that once roamed the area.

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Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage



Fri January 4, 2013

2012 heat causes temperature records to fall

Twenty-three of 35 major Northeast cities set temperature records in 2012.
jovelstefan via Flickr

As far as weather measurements go, Syracuse crushed its old record for the warmest year ever recorded. Central New Yorkers dealt with the warmest temperatures in more than 80 years during 2012.

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Fri December 14, 2012

New central New York orchestra debuts

Conductor and arranger Sean O'Louglin will conduct the new central New York orchestra
Musical Associates of Central New York

Friday night a new symphony orchestra is unwrapped for central New York, as the orchestra that replaces the bankrupt Syracuse Symphony Orchestra takes the stage for its official debut.

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Thu December 13, 2012

Holiday music on the radio - enjoyable or irritating?

It's a sign of the season -- holiday songs are flooding the local radio airwaves. But, it’s a holiday tradition that can be as irritating to some people, as it is enjoyable.

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Fri December 7, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Defense contract that supports jobs in Syracuse cut from budget

A MEADS missile system on display at a trade show.
Credit courtesy / MEADS-AMD

Money for the final year of a missile system that supports a few hundred jobs for a defense contractor near Syracuse has been removed from Congress' defense budget. But Lockheed Martin is keeping optimistic that the money could find its way back into the budget.

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Tue November 27, 2012

CNY working on its part of state-wide sustainability plan

A central New York planning agency is moving into the public comment period as it works to create its contribution to a state-wide sustainability plan.

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Thu September 13, 2012

State primary day brings confusion

It's a quiet primary day in Central New York this year.  There are only scattered elections across the area on the day that lets voters, registered in political parties, choose who will be on the November ballot.

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Mon July 23, 2012
Regional Coverage

Community looks for answers on bath salts

  • Audio from Ellen Abbott's story on the bath salts forum held in Syracuse.

The misuse of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts" continues to plague upstate New York. A community forum on bath salts last week aimed to unite the people who deal with the effects of the drug, and come away with a plan to fight it.

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Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Hanna proposes tax change for small farmers

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Central New York Congressman Richard Hanna is hoping to help small farmers create more jobs.  He wants to tweak a portion of the tax code that was initially meant to help small farmers.

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Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central NY farmers worry about dry weather

Ellen Abbott WRVO

New York isn't officially in a drought, but it's certainly been a dry summer so far in upstate New York.  Farmers aren't pushing the panic button just yet, but they are watching the skies.

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Mon July 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Bath salts forum to be held in Syracuse

There's a high level of anxiety among emergency responders in central New York when it comes to dealing with users of of the designer drugs known as bath salts.  That's why the Upstate New York Poison Center is sponsoring a forum Friday with experts to explain what a bath salts user does, and why.

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Fri July 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Sen. Gillibrand promotes new biofuel

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in central New York Thursday to discuss a new kind of  renewable energy fuel.

About 20 farmers, supporters and members of the press met on a farm in Mexico, New York, with Senator Gillibrand, who was promoting a new source of New York grown energy -- shrub willow.

"One of the things that really makes sense for our country is being independent of Middle Eastern oil. And one of the best way to do that is through biofuels," said the senator from New York.

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Mon June 11, 2012
Regional Coverage

Balloons fly high over central New York

Matt Johnston/WRVO

The annual Jamesville Balloonfest held this weekend was packed to the brim with family-friendly entertainment, while organizers kept a watchful eye on the weather.

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Fri May 4, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle talks vets, seniors' healthcare at town hall

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) reads an attack flyer before being introduced at a town hall event Friday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

After opening with acknowledgement of the veterans present and the work she's done for them, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-Onondaga Hill) turned her focus to a flyer that was being distributed outside.

Buerkle held her 17th town hall since taking office in Cicero Friday morning. The flyer being handed out by the political advocacy group Citizens Action of New York discussed her "dangerous record" on social security and Medicare.

Buerkle told the crowd of mostly senior citizens that it wasn't true.

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Wed April 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers

An early warm spell this year led to early buds. A severe cold snap followed shortly thereafter. On the heels of a freak snowstorm, upstate fruit growers are now waiting to find out how much damage has been done.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.

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Fri April 20, 2012

Skaneateles undecided about hydraulic fracturing

A sign of protest.
ltmayers via Flickr

The Finger Lakes are buzzing these days with the debate on hydro-fracking and many communities want it banned.  Thursday night the town of Skaneateles held a public forum to give residents the chance to speak their minds about a proposed law to prohibit the controversial process for natural gas drilling.

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Tue April 3, 2012
-Nature of Things

25 Years of Somethings Special

John Weeks discusses the past of Nature of Things and how they gained their listeners and on air cast. He also talks about the creation of their Nature calendar when it happened. Weeks advises listeners to take a look at the beautiful nature of Central New York.


Sun January 8, 2012
-New York Ski Report

Ski Report for January 8th, 2012

Conditions at ski areas around New York provided by Ski Areas of New York


Sat January 7, 2012
-New York Ski Report

Ski Report January 7th, 2012

Conditions at ski areas around New York provided by Ski Areas of New York.




Thu December 29, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: Northern NY Congressman Bill Owens

Congressman Bill Owens

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

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Wed December 28, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: CNY Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

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Tue December 27, 2011
Politics and Government

Extended interview: CNY Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

Most people do not have a positive view of Congress. A recent Gallup Poll shows Congress with just an 11% approval rating.

As 2011 comes to a close, WRVO spoke with central and northern New York's Congressional representatives. 

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